Porsche Club of America (PCA) - Potomac Region

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DE

Homework was never quite like this.

Drivers' Education Events

Tech for VIR
Date 08/14/2021
VIR DE
08/27/2021 - 08/29/2021
Club Race
09/17/2021 - 09/19/2021

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Drivers Ed

Welcome to PCA Potomac's Drivers’ Education Program (DE). This program is not your High School Drivers’ ED! The Potomac DE program provides you with an opportunity to improve your driving skills and learn to drive your car safely at speeds above highway limits with high accuracy on closed-circuit professional road courses. Currently we run our events on 6 different racetracks. Included are all three circuits at Summit Point (West Virginia), VIR (Alton, VA), Watkins Glen (NY), and Pitt Race (Wampum, PA). Many of these are tracks you have enjoyed seeing raced on TV.

As a novice DE participant, you will drive with an instructor who will teach you the safest, smoothest and most consistent way to drive as quickly as is safe for the conditions and your skill level at that time. Prerequisites for DE events include prior track time from another DE Program, Potomac's spring or fall High-Performance Driving Clinic (HPDC), or Autocross School and Autocross participation.

DE is not racing, but Potomac is the birthplace of the PCA Club Racing program and sponsors PCA’s oldest continuously held Club Race, having hosted the first PCA race west of the Mississippi in 1992, and holding one at Summit Point every year since. You can read more about Club Race here.

The focus of DE is and always will be safety for all participants and for their vehicles. DE differs from racing in several important ways. DE provides drivers with a learning environment where the goal is to improve their individual driving skills in a safe and fun way. The order in which drivers start or finish a DE session is irrelevant. Racing, by contrast, provides drivers with a competitive environment where the goal is to be the first across the finish line. DE stresses learning and consistent improvement of skills in a safe environment. Cars are permitted to pass, but only in specific areas of the track (passing zones) and with permission from the car being passed (passing signal). This permits cars to pass other cars only in straight sections of the track that are specifically designated as passing zones. To further increase the safety of the learning environment in a DE, course workers (flaggers) are positioned around the track to help communicate to the driver conditions or obstacles on and off the road surface. These can include slippery course conditions, potential mechanical issues with your car, another car approaching from the rear, and any actions that appear to be inconsistent with the safe learning environment that DE emphasizes.

de ambassadorA relatively new benefit to our DE program is the Driver Ambassador Program, which is a team of volunteers available to reach out to drivers new to PCA Potomac. These ambassadors can answer questions about any aspect of our DE program before and after event registration, as well as at the track, just look for the ambassador logo.

The goals in DE are 1) to be safe, 2) to have fun, and 3) to learn about driving your car smoothly and consistently. Threshold braking, cornering techniques, "the line", "heel and toe" and vehicle dynamics are among the topics reviewed on the track and in mandatory classroom sessions, taught by our experienced and certified driving instructors.

PCA Potomac is also a social club, and new participants are welcomed and appreciated by the entire DE community. Although we love our Porsches, we encourage other passenger car marques to participate. (SUVs and Trucks are not permitted by track rules.)

A Potomac DE-specific Tech Form is required for Potomac DEs, and can be found here: Tech Inspection Form

For information regarding COVID-19 protocols at our events, please watch this video:

To learn more about DEs, read our FAQ Page.

Read the 2019 DE message from the Chair

Drivers' Education Schedule for 2021

Saturday March 6th Instructor Workshop Invitation Only Planned
Friday March 26th National Instructor School + non-instructed groups (White, Black, Red) Summit Point Main Circuit Register
Saturday - Sunday March 27th & 28th DE – Summit Point Main Circuit Register
Friday May 14th - Sunday May 16th DE – Watkins Glen Register
Saturday - Sunday June 5th & 6th DE – Summit Point Shenandoah Circuit Register
Friday June 25th - Sunday June 27th DE – Pittsburgh International Raceway (Pitt Race) Register
Friday July 9th - Sunday July 11th DE – Summit Point Main Circuit Register
Friday July 30th - Sunday August 1st DE – Summit Point Main Circuit - PorscheFest Register
Friday August 27th - Sunday August 29th DE – Virginia International Raceway (VIR) Register
Saturday October 2nd Beginner's HPDC – Summit Point Jefferson Circuit Register
Sunday October 3rd Women’s HPDC – Summit Point Jefferson Circuit Register
Sunday October 10th Tire Rack Street Survival Teen Driver course
Sponsored by PCA Potomac, but not administered by our DE program
Register
Friday October 22nd Volunteer Day – Summit Point Main Circuit Planned
Saturday - Sunday October 23rd & 24th DE – Summit Point Main Circuit Register

Drivers' Education Team

DE Co-Chairs
Bob Mulligan & Susan Kimmitt   
DEChair@pcapotomac.org

Co-Chief Instructors
Steve Wilson, Don Mattran, Sean Reiche & Brian Walsh
Chiefinstructor@pcapotomac.org

Driver Ambassador Program
Michael Kaunitz & Jim Musgrave
driverambassador@pcapotomac.org

Tech Co-Chairs
John Vrankovich, David DiQuollo & Daniel Salsbury 
Tech@pcapotomac.org 

DE Registrars
Chris Mantzuranis, David Evans & Henrik Ojikutu
deregistrar@pcapotomac.org

Track Registrar
Lara Peirce
TrackRegistrar@pcapotomac.org

Safety Chair
Dirk Dekker
Safety@pcapotomac.org

Track Stewards
Tim Kearns, Steve Vetter & Stephen Kiraly    
TrackSteward@pcapotomac.org

Cashier
Roger McLeod 
DECashier@pcapotomac.org

Track Coordinator
Jay Smith
TrackRentals@pcapotomac.org

PorscheFest Coordinator
Michael Kaunitz
mkaunitz@pcapotomac.org

 

 

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